An expat's guide to job hunting in Qatar

By shaunmyburg

Job hunting can be the most daunting and stressful period of many people’s lives. There is no clear hard and fast rule to successfully obtaining new employment. It is important to set realistic goals and avoid the pitfalls of self-imposed expectations when it comes to the process of hiring.

Everyone’s journey, while ultimately for the same purpose, is uniquely different, however there are some important constants that are worth noting that have helped me through my own personal search for a new job.

 1.     Don’t take rejection personally

This is by far the most important point to make. DO NOT take rejection personally. Do the math, for every one position advertised, there are more than likely 100’s of applicants per role. Each one thinking, just like you and me, that they are perfect for the role. In the competitive realm of overseas employment, you are not just competing with local applicants, but a global pool of talent.  These realities can be overwhelming, but understanding them is a huge advantage to staying motivated.

 2.     Know the rules of the country you are applying in

Qatar, like most countries, have very specific rules regarding employment. While the rules are in a constant state of flux, it is necessary to know where you stand legally. Are you eligible to stay in the country long enough to find employment? Do you have an NOC from your former employer that allows you to change roles? It is your responsibility to know the facts. Not everyone will have the same set of circumstances, and advice given by other job seekers may not be valid for you. It may take extra time to do the research, but in the long run it will save you any unwelcome surprises.

 3.     LinkedIn and other “job sites”

Job sites such as LinkedIn, Bayt or GulfTalent remain the go to source for job hunters, but the success rate is frustratingly low. Even obtaining a response from an employer or recruiter is a rare occurrence. From expired job postings to navigating through the cluttered array of listings, the best course of action is to use these sites to your advantage. Networking is key to finding work, and more often than not, it’s about who you know, not what you know. This unfortunately means that nepotism can be rife in a lot of industries. The best candidate does not always get the role, but that does not mean you can’t network your way to your dream job. 

 4.     Think outside the box

Apply with passion. It is understandable that your passion and heart will take a knock with every rejection you face, but if you really want the role, it is important to show that with each application. The copy/paste approach to job hunting will come across as robotic and as lazy as the way in which you apply. If you are really in love with a company or a role, show them that by standing out from the rest of the applicants. Don’t just apply for a role and wait. Most companies have a career section on their own website, so call or mail them through that channel, show you want the job and tell them why you would be a better fit than other candidates. 

 5.     The expense of being unemployed

As mentioned, being realistic about your search is above all. Not all of us have the luxury of sitting unemployed for months on end. (Does anyone in today’s world?) Expenses such as rent, travel and food add to the already stressful environment of job hunting. Know your limits and budget for longer that you think it’s going to take. The process of hiring takes time, even once you get the job, you still need to be mindful of what your daily needs are.

It’s not all doom and gloom, far from it. Knowing your worth and holding out for the job you deserve can change your life for the better.  Find the balance, don’t be too quick to accept anything, but don’t be too stubborn to strive for something better. Success in life is about taking chances, but there is nothing wrong with taking calculated risks.

If you are currently looking for a job, why not start with our own Qatar Living job section by clicking here.

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By MOHAMMED ASHRAF P.V• 2 months 6 days ago.

thanx mate :)

By MOHAMMED ASHRAF P.V• 2 months 1 week ago.

I am a civil engineer can anybody help me to find a job. please.....

By Molten Metal• 2 months 1 week ago.
Molten Metal

Lak, You are 100% right in your observation, I have no objection. It is a truth. We need to improve our chances with our helpful nature, loyalty & dedication.

By Lakshan SJ• 2 months 1 week ago.
Lakshan SJ

not to be racist but mostly they are looking for filipino or female

By Lakshan SJ• 2 months 1 week ago.
Lakshan SJ

sounds good

dosent work

By Molten Metal• 2 months 1 week ago.
Molten Metal

We need to be patient also.

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